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Letters dated 1917


Date: 
August 31, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Francis, William Willoughby
Abstract: 

Osler writes that they must be brave. It is a comfort to know that Cushing was with Revere. Knew all along that it would happen. Compassion for Grace. Greetings to all and to Malloch particularly.


Date: 
August 31, 1917
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Details about the wire W.W. Francis received from Oxford about Revere's wounded. Osler was mentioning that Cushing was with him but was asking W.W. Francis to go up. They received another wire saying that it was too late as Revere had died. Malloch has written to the Oslers. W.W. Francis will go tomorrow.


Date: 
September 1, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Schäfer, Edward A. Sharpey
Abstract: 

Osler mentions their mutual friendship. Acknowledgment of the Schäfer's sympathy. Details on the actions of Revere's battery. Mentions Cushing being with Revere at the end, which thought comforts him. They have no details, except Cushing's wire and the telephone from the War Office. Mentions Revere's interest in literature. Civilities.


Date: 
(ca September 1, 1917)
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Page, Walter Hines
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Page for their message of sympathy. The blow must be taken bravely. Tribute to his son.


Date: 
September 1, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Shepherd, Francis John
Abstract: 

Osler announces Revere's death. Details about the last day of Revere. Cushing and Crile did everything possible to save him. It is a terrible blow for them, but they will try to bear it bravely. Asks him to tell Ernest to come visit them.


Date: 
(September 1, 1917 ?)
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Cushing's note. Account of Osler's announcing the day after Revere's death to Whitelocke in the Acland Home, just the day after. (rf. volume II, p.579)


Date: 
September 1, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Birkett, Herbert Stanley
Abstract: 

Osler announces Revere's death. Repeats that he knew that it was to be their Fate. Thanks him for his kind care of Revere. Mentions Revere's loathing of the war. Invitation to visit them when in England.


Date: 
September 1, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler writes of Revere's death and his own grief. He sends love to Malloch and writes that he has a few more reviews of Finch & Baines.


Date: 
September 1, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler writes of Revere's death and his own grief. He sends love to Malloch and writes that he has a few more reviews of Finch & Baines.


Date: 
September 1-2, 1917
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Cushing, Katharine Stone Crowell
Abstract: 

Lady Osler expresses her sarrow upon the death of her son and her gratitude that Cushing was with him when he died. She writes of how awful it is to see sons go off to war, knowng that they will be killed. The war was so distasteful to Revere, and yet he did his duty, of that she is proud. Her husband is heartbroken and she is anxious about him.


Date: 
September 2, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Milburn, Edward F.
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Milburn for his cable of sympathy. Comments on his son whose death they must try to face bravely. They do not have any details. Hopes Milburn has good news of Nonia. Civilities.


Date: 
September 2, 1917
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Grace wrote him that she knew it was hopeless from the start but hoped Osler would be spared this terrible sorrow. She says they must now live more for their adopted sons.


Date: 
September 3, 1917
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Cushing's note. Osler was in Taplow.


Date: 
September 4, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Sylvia
Abstract: 

Osler comments on the photo of Sylvia Brewster with her brother and sister. Sends her a photo of a little girl driving Osler as a horse, and also another one of him at his desk with her photo. Asks her to tell her mother he received her letter. Wishes he could stay a month with them in Avalon. Civilities.


Date: 
September 4, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Darrach, William
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Darrach what he did for Revere. It comforts him to know that Darrach and the others were with Revere and that they did everything possible to save him. Hopes to be able to thank him in person.


Date: 
September 5, 1917
From: 
Chapin, Susan Revere
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

Chapin thanks Cushing for his letter to the Osler's describing the last moments of Revere's life. It has been a great comfort to them. She expresses her appreciation to Cushing for having been by Revere's side at the time of his death.


Date: 
September 5, 1917
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. W.W. Francis came back and said that the Oslers were standing it wonderfully. Account of Osler, the day the news came, talking with a man about the Royal Commission on Welsh University and asking the men for lunch.


Date: 
September 6, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Kelly, Howard Atwood
Abstract: 

Osler announces Revere's death. Details on his wounds. Brewer and Crile did everything possible to save him. Darrah, Brewer's assistant operated and Cushing was with him at the end, which comforted him. Mentions the loving nature of his son who has human sympathy that covered even the Germans. Word about Revere's interest in literature. Civilities.


Date: 
September 6, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Halsted, William Stewart
Abstract: 

Osler announces Revere's death. Details his wounds. Darrach, Brewer, and Crile did everything possible to save him. Cushing was with him at the end, which is a comfort. It is a hard blow but will try to face it bravely. Others have been hit harder. Revere always prised Halsted's furniture book which was one of his special treasures. Revere loathed war but was devoted to his men and to the horses. Mentions a glowing letter written by his major about him. Colonel Thomson had recommended him for the Military Cross.


Date: 
September 7, 1917
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

The Oslers will spend two weeks in Swanage before facing life without Revere. She expresses her deep appreciation to Cushing for having been with Revere when he died.


Date: 
September 7, 1917
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. He received a letter from Osler dated September 1st, saying that they would try to be brave, that they were expecting that loss.


Date: 
September 10, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler is sad that Malloch's heart is troubled. He gives words of encouragement and assures Malloch that he is worthy of the very best.


Date: 
September 10, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler is sad that Malloch's heart is troubled. He gives words of encouragement and assures Malloch that he is worthy of the very best.


Date: 
September 11, 1917
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

Lady Osler is comforted by the fact that Cushing was with Revere when he died. She has been in touch with many men from Revere's battery. Norman Gwyn and the Max-Muller boys have been to visit.


Date: 
September 12, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jex-Blake, Arthur John
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Jex-Blake for his sympathy. They will try to be brave, as others have had to suffer more. Tribute to the personality of his son. Would like to show him Revere's books. Mentions that the presence of Cushing with him at the end is a comfort.


Date: 
September 13, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler writes that they have stood the hard blow far better than they could have anticipated. Supposes that their long period of apprehension had prepared them. He never saw a wounded man without thinking of Revere, every telegram has been opened with dread. The difficulty for him is to realize that they will never see him again. Repeats that the fact that Darrach, Brewer and Cushing were there is a consolation. Details on Revere's wounds. He is copying an extract form Major Davidson's letter. Mentions that they came to Dorset for a couple of weeks of rest and change. - Extract of Davidson's letter who praises Revere.


Date: 
September 13, 1917
From: 
Chapin, Susan Revere
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

Acknowledgment of Cushing's letter. Thankful for his answer that none of their special friends were injured. Repeats that it is a comfort for the Oslers to think that he was with Revere at the end. Mentions that she tried to write him a note to express her feelings but feels inadequate. The Oslers are wonderful, talk about Revere constantly, reminisce about Cushing with Revere together at this place. Osler seems to be shrinking away and Grace looks sad. Reflections about the death.


Date: 
September 15, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Perley, George H.
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Perley for his message of sympathy. They shall face the blow bravely.


Date: 
September 16, 1917
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler seems better. He writes letters, goes out to walk and plays with the Max-Muller boys.


Date: 
September 17, 1917
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

Lady Osler reminisces about the time Revere spent with the Cushings as a boy. She will never cease rejoicing that Cushing was by Revere's side when he died. She reports that Osler is heartbroken and cannot cease weeping. Susan Chapin is with them and is such a comfort.

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